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“Watch Out for Tricky T!” – FREEBIE for Teacher Appreciation Week!

3 May

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Are you feeling appreciated this week?! I know I sure am! The wonderful parents and students at my school have been pampering us this week with gifts, delicious snacks, yummy lunches, and so much more. I hope you’re feeling just as appreciated¬†and special as I am! ūüôā

As a THANK YOU to all the teachers that influence, support, and inspire me¬†(yes, that’s you!), and a small token of my gratitude, I’m sharing¬†a FREE poem from my newest resource packet.¬†This poem will be a “forever freebie” and can be downloaded from my TpT store.

So, what’s “Tricky T,”¬†you ask? My RTI students often have a hard time with blends, specifically R-blends like tr- and dr- where the beginning consonants change their sounds. To help them with tr- blends, I created a poem and activity packet to help reinforce the sound¬†T makes inside the blend. Students can read (and reread!) the poem and highlight the tricky blends¬†inside of the poem. The corresponding activities and games will help build automaticity with the “Tricky T” sound inside the consonant blend.

Download this FREE poem for teaching or reviewing the sound of the tr- consonant blend by clicking HERE or the image below.

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If you’re interested in the complete phonics packet, check it out HERE! This packet includes word lists, assessments, practice word cards, and fluency activities/games.

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Looking for new resources to try out in your classroom? Be sure to check out my other phonics and fluency products.

How are you celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week?

 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

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A Lil Bit O’ St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Each year,¬†I try to bring¬†a little bit of St. Patrick’s Day fun¬†into my RTI program, and my goal is to incorporate¬†holiday-themed¬†activities with¬†interventions that are already in place.¬†This week, I planned¬†a variety of¬†poetry, language, and phonics activities appropriate for each of my groups. Here’s a quick snapshot of a few of our activities! ūüôā

A Lil Bit O’¬†Figurative Language

My fifth graders have been focusing on figurative language and analyzing poetry. I’ve been trying break down the different figurative language elements and terms throughout the week, while providing them with a variety of practice opportunities.¬†Today, as a warm up, I had my group¬†complete¬†a fun practice St. Patrick’s Day writing task on the iPads (Read more about how to “go paperless” here!). Students had to brainstorm sentences for each of the different examples of figurative language. You can grab this for FREE below!

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Download HERE or by clicking the image above!

A Lil Bit O’¬†Word Work

This page is part of my Daily Phonics program. I don’t use Daily Phonics with all of my decoding students, but today my second grade groups¬†worked through a page together! This is always a great assessment for me, to see where their phonics skills are. (NOTE: Most of my students completed these on the iPads, but for the classrooms I push-into I had paper copies for them to complete. Daily Phonics is a great paperless warm-up for students!)

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A Lot Bit O’¬†Poetry

I love, love, LOVE using poetry to celebrate the holidays! So many of my students need fluency practice, so poetry is a wonderful intervention for reinforcing these skills.

Here are a few of my own that I used this week:

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How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

I would love to hear about St. Patrick’s Day interventions and activities you used with your students today! Please share in the comments below!

Happy Teaching! 

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Phonics for Small Groups

3 Nov

It’s two months into the school year, and we’re about to wrap up the first quarter in my building (Yikes! Where did the time go?!).With October in the rearview mirror, I’m reflecting on¬†all the blog posts I never found time to¬†finish and all the blog posts I’ve been wishing to write.¬†My reading¬†program is officially under way, so¬†now I’m hoping to¬†go back and share some the resources and tools I’ve been using.

Phonics is¬†the target area¬†of instruction for one of my reading¬†groups.¬†For those of you just getting started with phonics instruction, here are a few assessment ideas and instructional tools that may be helpful to you! (Pssst… there are many¬†freebies & samples included below!)

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(Download this FREE poster as part of my “Daily Phonics Posters”¬†resource!)

Assessment

At the beginning of the year, I used formal and informal assessments to determine an instructional scope and sequence for my phonics group. As with all my reading groups, I look at the assessments to establish my starting point and use the data to essentially drive my instruction each week.

Looking at my beginning-of-the-year Qualitative Reading Inventory (QRI) and Fountas & Pinnell running records for each student, I was able to identify consonant blends as a common area of weakness for my students. However, I needed to determine which blends and where to start, so I had to dig even deeper.

I absolutely LOVE¬†the word lists offered by¬†Intervention Depot!¬†I use these lists as pre-/post- assessments to drive my instruction and monitor student progress. The different assessments (like the “Blends” word list pictured¬†below) allow me to quickly analyze student errors and determine which vowel and sound patterns to focus on. There are many different word lists for¬†short vowels, long vowels, consonant blends, and r-controlled vowels. The website also includes reading passages for each area,¬†to assess automaticity and identification¬†of sounds and patterns within context (these passages are also great for fluency!). As if that’s not awesome¬†enough, the website¬†also features additional¬†assessments for skills such as¬†syllable¬†identification and phoneme segmentation.

I created¬†an Intervention Depot binder with assessment pages copied¬†and ready to go. This binder is¬†a great resource¬†to add¬†to your “Literacy Toolbox” and keep by your side during small group instruction. Check it out… especially while it’s still a FREE resource!

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Interventions

Once you have an instructional focus, there are many interventions you can use to reinforce phonics skills¬†with¬†your small groups. Keep in mind, the interventions you choose will depend on the grade-level, group size, and instructional target¬†you’re working with, but here are a few ideas to get you started!

Word Building

Word building is¬†an effective and hands-on way for students to practice phonics. You can use foam letters, magnetic letters, or even word building templates.¬†Sometimes the word building will be guided (e.g., “add a /t/, take away the /e/, etc.), and sometimes I’ll just see how many words my students can build using the letters I give¬†them.

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To take word building one step farther, students can record the words they build on graphic organizers or in writing notebooks. If we’re focusing on specific sounds or word families, I’ll have my students record the words they build on a¬†“If I Can Spell _______, I Can Also Spell….” page (see below). This is a great way for students to make connections between the different words they are building and see how they can be sorted into word families.

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(Download the sample page for Ending Blends by clicking here or the image above!)

I also use “Build a Word” Buddy Bags with my students. This printable resource is a great alternative to foam or magnetic letters, especially if you have larger groups of students or you want to send the word-building activity home. Students can build words¬†in partners or independently.

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(Download the sample page by clicking here or the image above! Directions are included.)

Word Hunts

Word hunts provide¬†students with the opportunity to search for¬†different phonics patterns in context. The best part about integrating this activity¬†into your instruction is that you can pretty much¬†use any text. Students can use books they’ve read throughout the week or you can provide them with a specific text.¬†¬†Depending on the level of my students, I sometimes choose¬†texts for them that showcase the specific¬†phonics patterns.

My district purchased a site license for¬†Reading A-Z, giving us¬†access to¬†some great decodable books that feature a variety of¬†sound patterns. You can also purchase some great¬†phonics poetry books,¬†like¬†this¬†resource¬†which¬†focuses¬†on word families.¬†I love using phonics¬†poetry, even if many of¬†the poems¬†sound silly due to¬†the over-use of the specific¬†target sound patterns. Any poetry would work though, especially if they’re hunting for common sounds like consonant blends and short vowels. (See the image below of how my students use my partner poems for word hunts!).

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Students can highlight blends within words and go on a hunt for specific blend patterns.

Students can hunt and¬†highlight the words in the poem. If students can’t highlight the text, use highlighting tape! They can also just tally up the number of words that feature the target pattern/sound¬†or “finger frame” the words to show a partner or the teacher.¬†Typically,¬†I have the students hunt for the¬†words, highlight them, and then record them on a graphic organizer. The students can create their own graphic organizer in their writing notebooks, or you can provide one for them!

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(Download the sample “Let’s Go On a Word Hunt!”¬†page by clicking¬†here¬†or the image above!)

Color & Sort 

Phonics “Color & Sort” pages are great for sound pattern¬†reinforcement. Students color the words that showcase the¬†phonics pattern and then record the words in the correct columns. You can print the page or¬†upload to a SMART Board document for students to complete together!

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(Download the sample Color & Sort page by clicking here or the image above!)

Daily Phonics

Daily Phonics is another ready-to-use resource for reinforcing phonics. I use this resource¬†as a warm-up for my phonics group and have found that each week the students are getting quicker and stronger with their phonics identification skills. Once the students know how to complete the pages, they can complete independently within 5-10 minutes. If I feel they need more guidance, I’ll sometimes just¬†display a page¬†on the SMART Board for students to work together and complete.

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(Download the sample page by clicking here or the image above!)

If you’re looking for new interventions to try, I’ve found that many of these simple activities are extremely effective and provide students with wonderful opportunities to practice their phonics skills. In¬†my experience, with so¬†many activities and interventions to choose from,¬†you need to find what works¬†for your students. It may be one specific intervention, or it may be a combination of a few.

If my students aren’t making progress with one intervention, I try something else. One intervention does NOT fit all! The intervention that ends up working for your students may come from a purchased intervention program, or it may come from a website like FCRR or Intervention Central. (It may even be something you create yourself!)

Additional Resources

I’m hoping to share more interventions as the year goes on, but if you’re looking for additional intervention resources to explore in the mean time, the FCRR¬†website has a TON of free downloads for Phonics instruction. I have binders filled with research-based interventions from this website. Click HERE to check out their resources!

I would love to hear what interventions YOU use to teach phonics! Please share in the comments below. ūüôā

Happy Teaching! 

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Back to School Giveaway & TpT Sale

3 Aug

It’s that time of year again…

The Teachers Pay Teachers “Back to School” Sale is here! On¬†August 4th & August 5th, thousands of sellers at TpT will be coming together to host an awesome two-day sale.

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Everything in my MsJordanReads store will be 20% off. Use the code BTS14 for an additional 10% my already discounted prices.

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Back to School Bundles

With just hours to spare before the sale, I (finally) completed my “Daily Phonics” Word Work BUNDLE. Bundles are a great way to collect resources at discounted prices. By purchasing my newest bundle during the sale (with the promo code), you will be saving $12. That’s like getting FOUR months of resources free from this 12-month series. (To learn more about Daily Phonics, check out my post here.)

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Not everyone includes their bundles in the site-wide sale, but I like to offer the extra discount as an incentive to stock-up during sales!

Check out some of the other bundles at MsJordanReads:

TpT Gift Certificate Giveaway

In addition to some great savings, I’m hosting my very first TpT Gift Certificate Giveaway! One winner will receive $25 to use during the Teachers Pay Teachers sale. Enter by clicking HERE or the image below. The giveaway ends 8/4/14.
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Happy Teaching & Happy Shopping! 

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NEW Daily Phonics Series + a TpT Sale!

6 May

Introducing Daily Phonics

For those of you who love my Daily Fluency series, I recently developed a Daily Phonics series for practice with identifying sounds and word patterns. This series of resources is perfect for any group of elementary students who need a little extra support with decoding and phonics. My RTI decoding and fluency students love these packets!

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Each packet contains a directions page, posters, and 40 Daily Phonics pages (20 per month). The series will soon include pages for every month of the year!

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Daily Phonics provides opportunities for students to identify:

  • short & long vowel sounds
  • beginning & end sounds
  • consonant blends
  • digraphs
  • diphthongs
  • r-controlled vowels
  • syllables

Students will also have daily practice with:

  • illustrating¬†the word
  • writing the word 3x
  • unscrambling a sentence with the word in context
  • hunting for the word in a list of similar words

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There are many ways to integrate this resource into your daily routines. If you have the printing resources, copy the packet and create folders for each student to complete at their desks or at home. (See images below!)

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You can also create reusable Daily Phonics pages¬†by laminating each page¬†or using sheet protectors. Students can write on the pages with dry-erase markers and then wipe-off when they’re done. If you use iPads in the classroom, upload this packet as a PDF and use a PDF annotating program for students to complete independently. You can also project the pages and have students complete them¬†for¬†bell work, literacy centers, or Daily Five rotations… all you need is¬†a¬†SMARTBoard or an overhead projector!¬†There are many possibilities for how to use this resource, so¬†it’s up to you¬†how you want to integrate it into your day-to-day routines.

(NOTE: For my groups who do Daily Fluency everyday, I do Daily Phonics¬†just on Mondays¬†so that they’re not spending too much time with these warm-up activities.)

Free Daily Phonics Posters

Download my FREE Daily Phonics posters here¬†or by clicking the image below. These posters are included in each packet and ¬†will help students with identifying the¬†following phonics sounds: consonant blends, digraphs, diphthongs, and r-controlled vowels. Hang the posters up in your classroom or put them in your students’ Daily Phonics folders!

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TpT Loves Teachers Sale

Everything in my store will be 20% off on May 6th & 7th. Use promo code TPTXO for an extra 10% off that already discounted prices.

ON SALE — Daily Phonics¬†20% OFF

Here are the packets that are complete and ready for purchase at a discounted price:

March/April

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May/June

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The remaining packets in the series will be coming out this spring/summer so that you can kick-start your Daily Phonics routines starting Day 1 of the new school year. Keep checking back at my store or become a subscriber to receive email alerts when new products are posted!

LAST DAY for MsJordanReads Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!

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Also, for those of you who have been busy and missed my posts last week, TODAY is the last day for my Teacher Appreciation Dansko Shoe Giveaway. If you haven’t entered this awesome giveaway yet,¬†click HERE for a link to my blog post. I’ll be choosing a winner this evening (5/6/14)!

Happy Teaching!

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